Choosing the Greatest Gay Bars in the World

11.22.2011

By Out.com Editors

Help us check our list of the ultimate nights out

ASIA

THAILAND


DJ Station
www.dj-station.com
Silom Soi 2
Bangkok, Thailand
011-66-(02)-266-4029
Tourists, expats, and locals all converge on DJ Station, where admission is the price of a drink, and you get a drink ticket with admission. That’s justice. The space consists of three industrial metallic levels and the dance floor is always in full swing. Thai boys have the taste for a new face even when it’s an old face. At DJ Station fresh meat is ageless, and there’s so much body contact on the dance floor, one wonders if the sexy locals are looking to dance, find love, or pick a pocket. Probably all those things, but who cares? It’s Bangkok.



G.O.D

Silom Soi 2/1
Bangkok, Thailand
011-66-2632-8033
Down a dark and gritty alley in Patpong, look for a brightly illuminated sign reading G.O.D. (Guys on Display). This three-level club is packed with stages, cages, and zebra-patterned couches. G.O.D.’s notorious drag shows get going after 5 A.M. and continue into the late hours of the morning.



Vertigo at Banyan Tree

www.banyantree.com

21/100 South Sathon Road Sathon
Bangkok 10120 Thailand
011-66-2-679-1200

Situated 61 floors above the bustling streets of Bangkok, Vertigo restaurant’s Moon Bar is the highest outdoor bar in the Asia-Pacific region. Settle in for stunning views, sumptuous cocktails, and an unexpectedly inventive barbecue menu. Don’t let the setting sun distract you from finding visiting corporate executives flashing black Amex cards and suggestive smiles.

INDIA

Pegs ‘n’ Pints
www.fortegrand.com
Chanakya Lane (behind Akbar Bhawan)
New Delhi
+91-11-2687-8320
Delhi’s queer chameleons get karma points for coming out of the closet on this Tuesday-only gay night (the only regular public gay venue outside the city’s cruisey parks). MTV India and Bollywood showstoppers play on a loungey level overlooking the small dance floor.

NEPAL



Fusion Bar at Dwarika's Hotel
www.dwarikas.com

P.O.Box-459
Battisputali 
Kathmandu, Nepal
011-977-1-447-9488
An unassuming valet stands guard outside a small door on one of Kathmandu’s busiest streets, and just beyond the door lies Dwarika’s Hotel, a cluster of the most painstakingly handcrafted terra-cotta- and wood-adorned buildings in the city. Poolside at the two-level bar is the best spot for evening cocktails and live music. The crowd, though mostly straight, is almost exclusively expat, so if there’s a well-heeled homo traveling through Kathmandu at the same time you are, chances are he’ll swing through here.



VIETNAM



GC Bar

5 Bao Khanh St. near Hoan Kiem Lake in the bar district of the Old Hanoi Quarter

011-84-4-825-0499

In Hanoi’s French Quarter the solid-oak bar at GC (Golden Cock) greets you from the street while a huge pool table dominates a back room full of expats, transvestites, and hairless Hanoi hipsters. Farther back is a lovely open-air garden. A word of caution: GC not only closes early but is also often raided by local police—even if at last visit they seemed more interested in the pool stick–straddling transvestites than in pimping bribes.

Apocalypse Now
2C Thi Sach St.
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

011-84-8-825-6124

One of the oldest clubs in the former Saigon, AN is the unofficial after-hours spot in the city. Amiable pimps and local prostitutes shoot pool as hordes of foreigners drink tequila and party until dawn. The best night for those looking for action is Tuesday.

 

AND FINALLY…



Your Local Bar

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